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  1. I noticed a couple of people seem to have pulled their deposit so wondered what the reasons were (assuming not personal / changes of circumstance etc). I am beginning to question my deposit. Not about the car itself, more about being an early adopter (i bought a Launch edition Evora, one of the first 50ish so I have experience). I was reading an old 2020 Evo copy in the barbers yesterday. The car data/review summary part at the back, basically summarised the Evora (400/410/430) as great cars 'but' the engine and gearbox were dated in this sector. I would love a manual but in truth, the V6 engine was old when it was launched in the Evora and that was 12 years ago, so I just don't get spending £70/80k+ on a brand new car with a dinosaur engine (sorry folks, just my opinion) So the AMG is where its at; trouble is that has been detuned for launch and will almost certainly get power increases along the way, possibly quite soon. The Evora S came along within 12 months of Launch and the Evora did get a bit of bad press about being underpowered I recall. My concern is that when it gets to the journos, the reviews will be summarised as: Great car, but a bit underpowered. V6 manual is past its sell by date and the AMG is underpowered so wait for the S version. The comparisons will be clear - outgoing cars (all of them) are faster 0-60 that the brand new car. The early Evoras also had quite a lot of build quality issues. Everything sorted under warranty so no real drama but the current Emira launch, roadshow in Sept, Journos in the new year, deliveries may be Spring, all seems very reminiscent of Evora Launch So i am really think to leave the deposit sat there (or take it back if i have to) and wait for the S to arrive. in a year or so. Interested to hear any other thoughts of self doubt
  2. Beady

    Lotus Emira

    agree colour is a big thing and configurators or even tiny colour samples are no good - the sample panels would need to be a larger size - like at least 1m2
  3. asking the same question on Land Rover forum but no solution yet so thought it might be worth widening the question to the more technically minded on here. Car is a defender TD5 - and it has an intermittent starting problem - Sometimes it’s fine other times I get a rapid clicking from the starter and it won’t start. Sometimes it clicks a few times then starts. general concensus it is a power issue (not starter motor) I replaced battery and same problem. I replaced starter relay and same problem. So i have tried a few checks as follows: when I get the clicking (and wont start) - I tried a wire feed direct from battery to starter and it then turns over and starts fine - so i am pretty sure its an electrical gremlin (not the starter) I have tested the feed wires into the starter relay (which both come from the ignition switch according to the wiring diagrams) - the ‘always live’ feed is 12.7v, same as battery. The other one which comes live when you turn the key to crank the engine is lower at 12.3 to 12.4 varies (I disconnected the starter when doing this to avoid complications) I think this low voltage on the ignition crank feed might be the problem but not sure. Today it was just clicking and not starting so I pulled the relay and connected a cable direct from battery to the wire that feeds the starter in the relay connector block - it started immediately no problems - so that cable (to the starter) is clearly ok. I then refitted the relay and tried with the key and 3 times it started ok then 4th time started clicking again and failed to start. Tried the direct battery connection again and fired up first time. Previous suggestions have been bad earth connection or faulty solenoid, but as it started instantly with a separate direct feed from the battery i dont see how either of these could be the problem. So instinctively it seems like the feed from the ignition might be the problem - next job is to get into the ignition and try running a temp cable from the ignition to the relay to rule out a break in the original cable. I have a feeling that wont solve it but you never know. Any thoughts or ideas would be most welcome
  4. regarding price and options, it seems there are quite a lot of people who dont really want all the options (and extra cost) that come with the FE. General speculation seems to be launch cars will have circa £15k worth of option but discounted to maybe £12k. Lots of people seem to be expecting / happy to pay maybe £5k for the options they want (full disclosure - I am in this camp) but not £12k for a load of options they dont. On that basis, this suggests there may be a large number of deposit dropouts or people deferring LE spec to get their own spec in the second wave (again this is me). However, I have been considering this: The launch cars will probably remain £60k base price (for the I4) as that is the figure that has been published and to increase immediately would cause a lot of bad publicity. So that gives an I4 LE purchase price at around £72k. First year of production will probably still be sold out even after dropouts. Year 2 - Lotus could reasonably put the price up by 5-10% as this will be for cars delivered 18mths to 2 years after the initial launch (and for sure the price of the comparable cayman will have increased in that time too). So by deferring the LE spec, you might then end up paying £63-65k for the base spec, plus your £5k options, making £68-70k anyway. So you might only save £2-4k on the LE spec cars, wait and extra year to get it and be missing £10k of options. My man maths therefore suggests, on balance, it probably remains better to stick with the LE car.
  5. 27 April 21 - TomE - UK - V6 manual 30 April 21 - Pugwash - UK V6 manual 15 May - JCR - Undecided 4 June 21 - DJW - undecided 23 June 21 - KJD - V6 manual 25 Jun 21 - scotty435 - V6 manual 28 June 21 - DaveC72 - i4 6 July 21 - Duncs - V6, but cost dependent. 7 July 21 Al_C - I4 8 July 21 - MJON - i4 8 July 21 - Wake - i4 (V6 cost dependant) 8 July 21 - Johnhoward - V6 Auto 8 July 21 (Goodwood Thursday) - JimH - i4 9 July Beady - I4 (probably) 12 July 21 - emstan - V6
  6. Contact your closest dealer and let them know you have placed a deposit - they will ask for the order reference then they will look after you from there
  7. c'mon Bibs - how many deposits now in total ? spill the beans
  8. ev04aaa - the stormtrooper first LE car - not seen it for a while 🙂
  9. Girl on the stand said the blue one was a demo version only and will be doing the rounds for all shows, displays etc over the rest of the year.
  10. I have now started to drive the Macan mummy wagon using paddles (rather than as an auto) to trial / get used to it
  11. In terms of deposit numbers - yesterday at FOS I was told they had taken 400 deposits on Thursday and had around 600 in total. That means around 200 via dealers beforehand, which sounds realistic. assuming a similar take up on fri/sat/sun then there may be up to 2000 at the end of the weekend. that’s an amazing start and must be better than anyone could have expected but I would guess 90%+ of those would be previous lotus owners of some sort. the majority of non lotus ‘fans’ are more likely to wait for the magazine tests and then actual test rides. so I suspect the next few months will then see just a trickle of further deposits until the press and demo cars arrive. the reaction of the press will then gave a big impact on the next wave of deposits. anyway I am now “in” Yes good to see you too - sorry I didn’t stay much to chat - I got there early for obvious reasons then had to go meet my “group” All 6 people I was with during the day we’re amazed the emira was only £60k when they saw it!
  12. 30mins into FOS and order placed. weak, I am !
  13. If we wait to try before we buy, then its gonna be a long wait. So, does any know what cars the AMG engine and DCT box are from? I can then go and take one for a test to see if I am ok with the DCT? I would prefer a manual and hated the IPS on the Evora but other DCT's I have tried have been ok and it IS the way forward.
  14. a couple of people have message me to say they spotted me - now immortalised on the harrys garage youtube vid too. brilliant!
  15. i was gonna aim for 8am tmrw but i think i will get up an hour earlier now...
  16. Beady

    Lotus Emira

    Torn between green and red
  17. Beady

    Lotus Emira

    Love the looks. Agree with most that the expected launch spec of circa 4.5s 0-60 is disappointing and slower than all the outgoing cars. Needs to be circa 4.2 to get any attention from other markets.
  18. Got mine too, brilliant, thanks bibs. Can’t wait. Credit card beginning to wobble now. anyone know if there’s any form of “guest list “ to get onto the stand at Goodwood rather than just joining the inevitable long queue?…I am there Friday.
  19. oh that full body teaser - lovely... regarding the launch - I agree that the uncordinated approach has been poor. I purchased a Launch Edition Evora but so far i have registered my interest (for Emira) on the lotus website 3 times in the last month now and have yet to receive a single email. I did get the invite from Silverstone for then livestream event (i registered my interested when i sold the Evora through them a couple of months ago but haven't yet placed a deposit) but I am surprised that there wasn't a co-ordinated dealer approach with all of them offering the same type of thing on the night. Also going to FOS Friday so desperate to get onto the stand
  20. like used car prices, this is a bubble - most larger building companies I speak with seem to think the materials increases will be short term, although that could be anywhere from 6-18 mths
  21. I love Lotus but...controversial comment advance warning.....How many new cars (excluding ex-demo) have Lotus sold in the UK and then worldwide annually in the last 10 yrs - not many! So the Lotus fans will buy the Emira anyway and perhaps a handful of other converts. But regardless of how good it may be, why would the majority of buyers of other Marques switch to but a car that Lotus have already announced will be their last petrol car and that the next generation electric cars will be along in 2-3 years anyway. Doesn't make sense to me. Look how highly praised the Alpine was in the press and how poor the sales are (in the UK anyway). I believe that most people who buy Porsche do so as a status symbol. I want Lotus and the Emira to be a success and I will be clambering all over it at FOS in a few weeks hoping it lives up to the hype (an I am sure it will). However perceptions don't change overnight which will stop the majority of porsche fans etc from switching to Lotus and most of Joe Public don't even know Lotus still exists anyway. The good news is we will all buy it.
  22. for balance you should add IPS slushbox to the poll
  23. current elise is just over 200 bhp so why would it be an error ? assuming this is for the 1.8 engine....its seems a sensible assumption to me. current evora 400bhp+ so again similar assumption for the larger engine
  24. I disagree - the vast majority of Evoras are 2+2 so owners that still want this will either have to stick to an 'older' Evora or go elsewhere. The fact is the Evora has been a poor seller over the years which suggests the Lotus accountants are happy to lose a few new car sales in the market to gain elsewhere. Sure some Evora owners will change up as they realise they never actually use the rear seats (i have already sold mine in anticipation) so there may be an initial dip in values but I think there will still be enough used buyers to maintain a healthy used market in the longer term. The Emira is really replacing the Elise which is 25+ yrs old now and IMO the bigger gamble is no soft top.
  25. Beady

    Lotus Emira

    is it based on a KTM Xbow?
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